Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Monster Hydro Tropic Thunder


Finally a new product from the US made its way across the border. I spotted all of the new Monster Hydro flavors at a Petro Canada gas station and bought them all. There were no special deals at the time so I paid $3.79 per bottle.

So what is Monster Hydro? This, essentially is Monster's delayed response to Vitamin Water. The label talks about all the waters that are available to you and how this is a lightly sweetened version to give you a boost.

Energy

First off, this Tropic Thunder smells incredible! It is a mix of various citrus fruits and mango. The label led me to believe this would be a slightly sweetened, and lightly flavored water, but in fact, this tastes a lot like something from the Rehab line. The flavors are light to medium at first, but intensify towards the middle of each sip and end on a strong note, leaving lots to linger.

The flavors start off with the citrus, but the mango moves in quickly which is then followed by a bit of pineapple. The citrus comes back towards the end and join with the mango to give you a refreshing aftertaste. The label is right about the sweetness level, though. There is just enough of it to compliment the flavors, but not enough to build up to astronomical levels like some other sugary energy drinks...some Monster ones included.

I loved this flavor, especially in combination with the non-carbonated nature of this beverage. I found myself consuming this bottle very quickly because not only was it a good thirst quencher, but also the flavors were good.

Energy

There are 138 mg of caffeine in this 550 mL bottle, which is on the low end, but still enough to give you a nice kick. I started to feel the effects within 10 minutes, which manifested themselves through a mild shaky leg. Damn those sugars (25 grams in the bottle by the way). The rest of the energy started coming in another 10 minutes later with my mind clearing up from the morning fog and me getting the urge to go down to the gym.

The kick was fairly clean and lasted for almost 2 hours. No crash at the end because this was early in the morning and I had plenty of sleep.

Scores:
Cost - $3.79 from Petro Canada
Taste - 9.5/10
Energy - 7/10

Overall - 16.5/20...awesome flavor that would have found a great home as part of the Rehab line

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Red Bull Winter Edition Plum Twist


This is Red Bull's first Winter Edition that I have seen...or at least the first Winter Edition that managed to make its way to Canada. Since its recent release, you can find this one almost everywhere Red Bull cans are sold. I got mine from a Mac's.

Taste

Surprisingly the liquid has the same purple hue as the can. The aroma is sweet and reminds me of cream soda. The taste also starts off like a cream soda, but a moderately sour fruity twist appears within moments. The sourness is definitely similar to plums (mostly unripe Damsons) but the fruitiness reminds me more of wine gummies mixed with ume, and a subtle, yet easily recognizable Red Bull cough syrup note. So I guess the "twist" must refer to the variety of plums this drink is trying to imitate.

In any case, I liked this Red Bull's unique new flavor, but I can't say I loved it too much.

Energy

There are 114 mg of caffeine in the can and its effects are similar to any other 355 mL can of Red Bull - fairly quick energy kick with jitters, followed by 1.5 hours, or so, of a ton of energy.

Scores:
Cost - $3.50
Taste - 7/10
Energy - 7/10

Overall - 14/20...interesting and unique new flavor but could be better

Sunday, June 10, 2018

V8 Energy Drinks in Canada - Round 2

V8 recently released another round of energy drinks and I was lucky enough to score a few. For the first round of their Canadian releases, check out my post from 2016.

Orange Pineapple


I actually reviewed the US version of this a few years ago. This one is a little different and not in a good way. The US one had an amazing, intense aroma with a ton of fruits and vegetables, while this one has a more subdued one that reminds me more of a cheap soft drink than a fruit-packed beverage.

The flavor is a little different too. The tea and artificial sweetener (rebiana, a stevia leaf extract) are much more pronounced to the point where the sweetener is pretty much the aftertaste. The orange flavor is subtle to light while the pineapple barely comes through.

Not as big of a fan of this one as I was of the US version. I used to buy it and drink it by the 6-pack.

Taste - 6.5/10

Raspberry Grape


The aroma on this one is amazing, but the flavor is very sweetener and green tea heavy which almost completely decimates any berry and grape flavors. I say almost, because there is still a light raspberry undertone at the start and a subtle grape note towards the finish that lingers in the aftertaste...and that's it.

I think this will be better sold as a rebranded V8 Green Tea flavored beverage.

Taste - 5/10

Energy

These V8s performed like all other V8 energy drinks so I will recycle some old text to describe these - the effects if these 80 mg cans are not as intense as a can of Red Bull since there are only 10 grams of sugar, but you still get a brief sugar rush within 10-15 minutes. I did not experience any jitters and even felt focused for a bit. When the caffeine kicked, it gave me about 1.5 hours of energy which slowly went away without any drama.

Energy - 6/10

Overall - 11/20 to 12.5/20...not the greatest batch of new energy drinks

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Red Bull Summer Edition Coconut Twist


Summer is here and so is the latest Red Bull Summer Edition. This year the flavor is coconut twist.

Taste

I thought this would pour hazy white. but it actually has a hazy blue color, much like a blue curacao. It has the familiar Red Bull smell, but here it is turned down a notch and complimented by a light coconut scent.

The taste is surprisingly good with a light coconut flavor all throughout each sip. The familiar Red Bull taste doesn't come until the end and gives this Summer Edition more of a finishing twist than a main flavor.

Overall, this reminds me of a light tropical cocktail more than an energy drink. It is a refreshing new idea which actually tastes pretty good.

Energy

This 355 mL can has your typical 114 mg of caffeine and 38 grams of sugar so the effects are much like any other can of Red Bull.

Scores:
Cost - $3.99
Taste - 9/10
Energy - 7/10

Overall - 16/20...finally an interesting new flavor that actually tastes good

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rockstar Super Source Strawberry Review


The new Rockstar Super Sours have finally arrived in Canada!!! Well, 2 new flavors have arrived - strawberry and orange. I got both from a Shoppers Drug Mart for $3.79 each.

Taste

I use Jolly Ranchers as a comparison tool on multiple occasions, but this drink has to have the closest Jolly Rancher pink color I have ever seen. It is as if they struck a deal with the company to use their candy colorant. 

The smell is amazing - fresh strawberries and a tiny bit of candy-like sweet roundness. The taste is also amazing. It starts off like strawberry jam and transitions to a fresh, slightly tart strawberry before giving way to a candy-sweet strawberry. Despite the "Super Sour" label, this is not a sour energy drink. There is a spike of tartness, but it is nothing compared to the Green Apple released a few years ago. But I loved it!

Energy

The typical 160 mg of caffeine are present in this can and the energy effects are identical to any other Rockstar. The initial kick is fast and the sourness helped it even more. I drank this can quickly and yes, I did experience some jitters, but I was ready for it.

The rest of the boost is standard - jitters die down, caffeine kicks in and makes you feel like you want to run around the room for the next few hours. The end was clean without drama (i.e. a crash).

Scores:
Cost - $3.79
Taste - 9.8/10
Energy - 8/10

Overall - 17.8/20...I absolutely love this strawberry flavor

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Rockstar Super Sours Orange


This is the second of the new Super Sours that made their way to Canada. The first was the strawberry one, which I loved! Both I got from a Shoppers Drug Mart.

Taste

This one smells and tastes almost like your standard orange soda. The only difference is the short spike in sourness mid way through each sip, which adds a bit to the character. This didn't feel as sour to me as the first batch of Super Sours, but it might feel sour to some.

Overall, not a bad tasting energy drink, but it is nothing unique.

Energy

The typical 160 mg of caffeine are present in this can and the energy effects are identical to any other Rockstar. The initial kick is fast and the sourness helped it even more. I drank this can quickly and yes, I did experience some jitters, but I was ready for it.

The rest of the boost is standard - jitters die down, caffeine kicks in and makes you feel like you want to run around the room for the next few hours. The end was clean without drama (i.e. a crash).

Scores:
Cost - $3.79
Taste - 7/10
Energy - 8/10

Overall - 15/20...tastes like orange soda

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Red Bull The Purple Edition Sugar Free


I find it odd that I was able to find a ton of these sugar free Purple Editions but no regular sugary ones. Does Red Bull not make/sell a sugary version of this? The Internet (at the time of this review) doesn't seem to provide any useful info. Anyways, on with the review.

Taste

Inside this purple can you will find a cranberry red liquid which looks like a darker version of the Red Edition. The aroma is absolutely amazing with a ton of rich berry notes. The taste is equally impressive for a sugar free drink. The starts of very rich and doesn't go away at all. It seems to stick to the inside of the mouth and just gets better with each sip. But that also allows the sweetness to build up very quickly. Despite this being a sugar free drink, there is a ton of sweetness but fortunately the sweetener aftertaste is minimal and doesn't manifest itself for a while.

Overall, I absolutely love this flavor, but I wish the sweetness was dialed down a notch.

Energy

There are 114 mg of caffeine in this can and the effects are like any other sugar free Red Bull. If you haven't a sugar free Red Bull, the effects can also be compared to the sugary Red Bull minus the jitters you get from sugar.

Scores:
Cost - $3.19
Taste - 9.2/10
Energy - 7/10

Overall - 16.2/20...rich flavor but a bit too much of the sweeteners